Table of Contents
n Rationales for the need of such a model
n The structure of the model
n The selection of reading materials
n Teaching activities
n Compared with typical traditional reading instruction
n Empirical evidence
n Why does it work?
n Some practical concerns
n Conclusion & suggestions
Rationales for the Need of Such a Model
n ER experience is critical to improve EFL learners’ reading ability
n Most local high school students lack ER experience
The Selection of Reading Materials
n Allow diverse topics and contents
n Use authentic materials
n Level reading materials
n Instruct students how to select appropriate reading materials for themselves
n Meaningful, interesting, and sense of achievement are the key for success
n Reading strategies and skills teaching
n Reading demonstration
n Real reading practice
n Discussion about their problems & difficulties
n Sharing their findings & experience
Compared with Typical Traditional Reading Instruction
n Authentic materials
n Strategy & skill focused
n Learning to read by real reading
n Developing reading comprehension ability
n Can easily integrate four skills of language
n Explanation & translation oriented
n By learning the structures of language
n Developing linguistic knowledge
n Focusing more on ling analysis
n Case A: Senior High in Changhua City, Comparative experimental studies.
n Case B: Junior high in Taichung City
n Case C: Senior & junior high in Yun-lin County
n Case D: A Bilingual Elementary School in Yun-lin County
n Case E: College freshmen students
Why Does This Model Work?
n Students are highly motivated because their have control over their learning
n Students experienced the sense of achievement
n Students can make meaning out of texts & can thus enjoy reading activity
Some Practical Concerns
n Teacher has to help with the resources
n Teacher has to monitor the progress of individual learning
n Teacher has to use multiple criteria for learning evaluation
Conclusion & Suggestions
n This is a useful, practical & easy model for high school English instruction. It’s effective in improving students’ reading proficiency.
n Start using such a model in early stages of students’ English learning.
n More encouragements, less pressure
n Choice, diversity, & strategy are the key for success.
Some Final Thoughts
n What would be your ideal reading class like were you a high school students?
n Be flexible, creative, resourceful, etc. in your reading instruction.
n Extensive reading is not the only type of reading instruction students need.